IRAN AND THE US ESCALATE THEIR ‘WAR OF WORDS’

16th May 2019 . by incontext_adm

By Andrew Richards Iran announced that it would stop complying with certain elements of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, better known as the Iran nuclear deal, in 60 days if the remaining signatories did not find a way to make the deal more economically beneficial to Iran. The announcement came a year after President…

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INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED IRANIAN HUMAN RIGHTS LAWYER SENTENCED

3rd April 2019 . by incontext_adm

By Donnelly McCleland Prominent Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh has been sentenced to 38 years in prison and 148 lashes,  according to her family. Sotoudeh is well known for representing human rights defenders, dissidents and women who protested against the compulsory wearing of a headscarf in Iran. According to IRNA, Iran’s state-owned news service,…

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13th March 2019 . by incontext_adm

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IRANIANS MARK 40 YEARS SINCE THE ISLAMIC REVOLUTION

20th February 2019 . by incontext_adm

By Alex Pollock Since the revolution, which unified the country [Iran] against the Shah, the country appears today to be more divided between the hardliners, who believe in the strict implementation of laws from 40 years ago, and the reformists who are pushing for more economic transparency and more freedoms among its population. (Aljazeera) Commemorating…

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THREE KEY GEOPOLITICAL EVENTS OF 2018

5th December 2018 . by incontext_adm

By Andrew Richards   2018 Overview 2018 saw world powers battling it out in proxy wars in Yemen and Syria, expanding the fight through cyber warfare and even trying to force each other into submission by means of a trade war. Arguably, Turkey made the biggest geopolitical shift in the Middle East as the NATO…

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TERROR ATTACK IN IRAN

27th September 2018 . by incontext_adm

By Donnelly McCleland Iran was holding funerals on Monday [24 September] for the victims of the weekend terror attack on a military parade in the southwestern city of Ahvaz, the deadliest attack in the country in nearly a decade. Thousands of mourners gathered at the city’s Sarallah Mosque on the Taleghani junction, carrying caskets in…

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IRAN IS COMPLYING WITH NUCLEAR DEAL RESTRICTIONS: IAEA REPORT

31st August 2018 . by incontext_adm

31 AUGUST 2018 (SOURCE: REUTERS) – Iran has remained within the main restrictions on its nuclear activities imposed by a 2015 deal with major powers, a confidential report by the UN atomic watchdog indicated on Thursday. In its second quarterly report since President Donald Trump announced in May that the United States would quit the accord and…

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ALL SIDES IN YEMEN MAY BE RESPONSIBLE FOR WAR CRIMES, SAY UN EXPERTS

29th August 2018 . by incontext_adm

29 AUGUST 2018 (SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN) – Individuals at the highest level from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, the government of Yemen and Houthi rebels have committed violations of international law in Yemen that may amount to war crimes, UN experts have said. A long-awaited report released on Tuesday catalogues abuses including rape, torture, disappearances and…

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IRAN DEFIANT: ‘NO THIRD PARTY’ WILL LIMIT ITS SUPPORT TO SYRIA

28th August 2018 . by incontext_adm

28 AUGUST 2018 (SOURCE: SYDNEY MORNING HERALD) – Iran’s defence minister has said his country will continue its support of the Syrian government to ensure improved security in the region, adding that the nature of the two countries’ cooperation won’t be decided by a “third party”. Israel has expressed concern over Iran’s growing influence in Syria, accusing Iran…

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US-IRAN RELATIONS DETERIORATE

1st August 2018 . by incontext_adm

By Andrew Richards US President Donald Trump warned Iranian President Hassan Rouhani not to threaten the United States or face the consequences, hours after Mr Rouhani told Mr Trump that hostile policies toward Tehran could lead to “the mother of all wars”. In a late night Twitter message directed at Mr Rouhani [on Sunday 22…

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